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  About AFL-CIO President John Sweeney
In 1980, Sweeney was elected president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), which grew from 625,000 to 1.1 million members during his 15 years of leadership.
Sweeney was elected president in 2000 of the Trade Union Advisory Committee (TUAC), an international organization with consultative status at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
Sweeney was elected president of Local 32B in 1976, and led two citywide strikes of apartment maintenance workers during the 1970s.
www.dga.org /multimedia/honors-03/pages/aboutsweeney.html   (442 words)

 AFL-CIO Boss's Politicking Now Threatens His Job -- 05/06/2005
Other union presidents who have expressed a desire to see a change at the top of the federation are Joseph Hansen of the United Food and Commercial Workers, James Hoffa of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and Terence O'Sullivan of the Laborers International Union of North America.
The conflict claimed one of its first casualties on May 4, when Harold Schaitberger, president of the International Association of Fire Fighters, resigned his position as AFL-CIO executive council public affairs committee chair, complaining that he was "kept out of the loop" on Sweeney's plans to restructure the federation staff.
Sweeney was elected president of the federation at its convention in October 1995, during his fourth term as president of the SEIU.
www.cnsnews.com /Politics/Archive/200505/POL20050506a.html   (1648 words)

 UFCW 227 News: AFL-CIO President John J. Sweeney
He will be the first President since Hoover and the Great Depression to end his term with more people out of work than when he began.
In a time of a growing gulf between the haves and have nots, the single largest challenge for the American labor movement is to help working people bridge this gap and rebuild our middle class.
This is yet one more example of how the President puts corporate interests first ahead of working men and women.
www.ufcw227.org /news/archives/000238.html   (1262 words)

 Sweeney re-elected as AFL-CIO president
(07-28) 04:00 PDT Chicago -- John Sweeney was re-elected president of the AFL-CIO on Wednesday, surviving a challenge by a group of dissident unions that said he and the status quo of labor's leadership had lost their way.
Sweeney, 71, after 10 years as president and facing another four-year term, displayed a glass-is-half-full philosophy in an interview with The Chronicle.
Also re-elected were Richard Trumka, the secretary-treasurer, and Linda Chavez-Thompson, the executive vice president, along with about 50 members of the federation's executive council.
www.sfgate.com /cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2005/07/28/LABOR.TMP   (738 words)

 Oregon AFL-CIO - Tim's Blog   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
Second, I was struck by the comments of Theodore Bikel, star of Fiddler on the Roof and president of the Associated Actors and Artistes of America, on the organizing resolution that came to the floor today.
From 1935, when the unions of the CIO (Congress of Industrial Organizations) marched out of a convention of the AFL (American Federation of Labor) to lead the greatest mass organizing of workers that this country has ever seen, until 1955, when those unions reunited with the AFL, working people in the U.S. made great gains.
Tim Nesbitt was elected President of the Oregon AFL-CIO in September 1999, and was unanimously re-elected to a second term in September 2003.
oregonaflcio.blogspot.com   (15333 words)

 USATODAY.com - AFL-CIO president optimistic union split can be avoided   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
WASHINGTON — The embattled president of the 13 million-member AFL-CIO said Tuesday he's optimistic that a rift in the labor movement could be healed in time to avoid a "devastating" split among labor unions.
Sweeney was elected president of the AFL-CIO as a reformer 10 years ago.
But neither Al Gore nor John Kerry captured the presidency, and Republicans have extended their majorities in Congress.
www.usatoday.com /news/washington/2005-07-12-aflcio-sweeney_x.htm   (512 words)

 AFL-CIO - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, commonly AFL-CIO, is America's largest federation of unions, made up of 53 national and international (including Canadian) unions, together representing over 9 million workers.
The AFL-CIO was formed in 1955 when the AFL and the CIO merged after a long estrangement.
SEIU President Andy Stern, the most outspoken leader of the Change to Win coalition, was once considered the protege of former SEIU President and current AFL-CIO President John J. Sweeney.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/AFL-CIO   (629 words)

 USATODAY.com - AFL-CIO chief criticizes guest worker plans   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
Sweeney's statement praised numerous provisions of the overall immigration legislation, particularly a part that gives illegal aliens an opportunity to apply for citizenship.
Still, his criticism underscored the unusual political pressures at work as President Bush and Congress grapple with an emotional issue in the run-up to midterm elections.
Republicans have long appeared divided over the immigration issue, with Bush and some GOP members of Congress supporting temporary worker programs that other Republicans attack as amnesty for lawbreakers.
www.usatoday.com /news/washington/2006-03-28-immigration_x.htm   (1078 words)

 Teamsters, SEIU split from AFL-CIO - U.S. Business - MSNBC.com
Federation's president says move is a 'grievous insult' to workers
The SEIU is a union that AFL-CIO President John Sweeney once headed.
Many union presidents, labor experts and Democratic Party leaders fear the split will weaken the movement politically and hurt unionized workers who need a united and powerful ally against business interests and global competition.
www.msnbc.msn.com /id/8682415   (712 words)

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National AFL-CIO President John Sweeney noted that there is a majority in both houses of Congress to increase the national minimum wage and the Republican leadership is just trying, again, to block such action.
Maine AFL-CIO President Edward Gorham said President Bush and the Republican leadership have “spread a layer of falsehoods” about the need to lower or repeal the estate tax.
The pending cases involve charge nurses in a hospital and a nursing home and lead workers in a manufacturing plant, but these workers could be just the tip of the iceberg.
www.maineaflcio.org   (1865 words)

 Nesbitt resigns as president of Oregon AFL-CIO
The Oregon AFL-CIO Executive Board elected Tom Chamberlain, a former president of Portland Fire Fighters Local 43, to fill the remaining two years of Nesbitt’s term.
Nesbitt, a former executive director of the Oregon State Council of the Service Employees International Union, said he is considering several job opportunities at the national level.
Nesbitt was elected president of the Oregon AFL-CIO in September 1999, and was unanimously re-elected to a second term in 2003.
www.nwlaborpress.org /2005/10-21-05Nesbitt.html   (641 words)

 Ohio AFL-CIO Web Resource
The new structure uses resources more efficiently, establishes a statewide strategic planning committee for all Ohio labor bodies, and includes provisions that ensure diversity in the leadership and governance of the new area federations.
Under leadership of AFL-CIO Vice President Linda Chavez Thompson, AFSCME President Gerald McEntee and USW President Leo Gerard, the coordinating committee for the New Alliance in Ohio has reached an agreement on restructuring the Ohio labor movement.
President John Sweeney will send every local union a letter outlining the New Alliance agreement and other details for the convocation and voting procedures.
www.ohaflcio.org   (1898 words)

 'Conservative Conspiracy' Hurting US Workers, Says AFL-CIO President   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
AFL-CIO President John Sweeney, addressing the 24th biennial convention in Las Vegas, also referred to the GOP's "sleaziness," and he called Republicans' economic policies since the Sept. 11 terrorists attacks "sickening." Sweeney told CNSNews.com, "I think there is a conservative conspiracy going on in the Congress, especially the House of Representatives.
Ron Richardson, executive vice president of the AFL-CIO affiliate here (the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union), believes that the Republicans should be grateful to Osama bin Laden for enabling their political agenda to succeed.
Linda Chavez-Thompson, executive vice president of the AFL-CIO, compared the public officials who oppose organized labor's political agenda to the terrorists who attacked America.
www.freerepublic.com /focus/f-news/583574/posts   (2939 words)

 David Newby Wis AFL-CIO President   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
David Newby is President of the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO, a federation of over 1000 local unions which collectively represent some 250,000 workers in Wisconsin united to achieve economic justice in the workplace and social justice in our communities.
Before being elected President in 1994, Newby served eight years as Secretary-Treasurer and Legislative Director of the State AFL-CIO, where he led its legislative campaigns for Family and Medical Leave, improved health and safety in the workplace, plant closing notification, expanded access to health care, and increases in the Minimum Wage.
Before serving the labor movement full time (first as President of what is now the South Central Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO), he taught history at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama and worked as a Teaching and Project Assistant at the UW-Madison.
www.wisaflcio.org /who_we_are/officers/newby/dnewby.htm   (246 words)

 The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO
Raising the minimum wage is one of the most important steps we can take to reduce poverty and to promote good jobs for working Pennsylvanians, who work hard everyday,” George said.
“Hopefully, this victory will convince the President and Congressional leaders that over nine years is far too long to go without a raise and that the vast majority of Americans, both Republicans and Democrats, all support raising the federal minimum wage,” Bloomingdale added.
"President Bush and his allies in the Congress, led by Senator Rick Santorum, are rolling back decades of progress for working families.
www.paaflcio.org   (1725 words)

 AFL-CIO president blasts heads of unions | EastValleyTribune.com
CHICAGO - AFL-CIO President John Sweeney, anticipating plans by the Teamsters and the service-workers affiliate he used to head to bolt, charged Monday that such a move would be a "grievous insult" to working people and their unions.
The four unions, representing one-third of the AFL-CIO's 13 million members, are part of a coalition of labor groups vowing to accomplish what the 50-year-old labor giant has failed to do: Reverse the decades-long decline in union membership.
They include SEIU President Andy Stern who was a protege of Sweeney's when the AFL-CIO chief was leader of the SEIU.
www.eastvalleytribune.com /index.php?sty=45124   (944 words)

 Ohio AFL-CIO Web Resource
Along with 300,000 union retirees, they are the individuals who provide the collective power of the Ohio AFL-CIO.
Bill Burga was elected President of the Ohio AFL-CIO in October 1993 and he will stand for reelection in July 2006.
Burga’s experience in the labor movement has been in his local union, USW international union, central labor councils and the state federation.
www.ohaflcio.org /inside   (195 words)

 AFL-CIO president urges solidarity - U.S. Business - MSNBC.com
WASHINGTON - AFL-CIO President John Sweeney pledged Monday to do everything he can to hold the labor federation together amid a rift with some of the biggest unions in the country.
The SEIU, once headed by Sweeney, is threatening to leave the AFL-CIO, along with the United Food and Commercial Workers and Unite Here, which represents employees in the hotel and restaurant industries and textile manufacturing.
Sweeney has focused on political action over the years, a push reflected in an increase in union households as a percentage of voters.
www.msnbc.msn.com /id/8232494   (578 words)

 Statement by AFL-CIO President Sweeney on UTU disaffiliation   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
Statement by AFL-CIO President John J. Sweeney on UTU disaffiliation from AFL-CIO
WASHINGTON, March 17 -- We are extremely disappointed with the decision of the leadership of the United Transportation Union to disaffiliate from the national AFL-CIO.
In the meanwhile, all UTU locals will be prohibited from participating in any state federation or local labor council.
www.ble.org /pr/archive/sweeneyutu.html   (256 words)

 NYS AFL-CIO - President's Message   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
In response to the release of Governor Pataki's 2003-04 State Budget announcement, New York State AFL-CIO President Denis Hughes made it clear that various budget cuts proposed today may be detrimental to this state's long term fiscal health.He also stressed that today's budget announcement marks the beginning of the discussion process to solve this crisis.
New York State AFL-CIO President Denis Hughes stated that now is not the time for ideology to get in the way of the monumental task at hand.
Noting that ideological battles more often than not favor rhetoric over common sense, President Hughes stated, "Action trumps ideology every day of the week.
www.nysaflcio.org /presidents_msg_2_05_03.htm   (434 words)

 AFL-CIO President Joins Local 68 Strike Rally
AFL-CIO Chief John Sweeney, Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO, President Edward Sullivan and other international union presidents joined a rally Wednesday in support of striking IBEW Local 68 members.
The leaders in Denver were attending a meeting of the National Conference of State Legislators held at the city’s convention center.
The strike is the first ever for the 104-year-old local, said Local 68 President Daniel Curtin.
www.ibew.org /articles/02daily/0207/020730.htm   (348 words)

 The Official Web Site of Oregon's Union Movement - Oregon AFL-CIO
All candidates and ballot measures received at least two-thirds of the COPE Board’s votes in order to secure the endorsement.
MAY 24: President George W. Bush’s new trade representative -- confirmed Monday to replace outgoing trade representative Robert Portman -- faced a U.S. Senate committee at her confirmation hearing last week.
Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain said, “Saying that Oregon will benefit from more WTO rules is like saying that we should fix a broken bone with a hammer.
www.oraflcio.org   (1839 words)

 AFL-CIO president talks optimistically
WASHINGTON - AFL-CIO President John Sweeney said Tuesday that the defection of three major unions has weakened organized labor but that he believes eventually they will return to the fold.
"How long it takes remains to be seen." The federation president said the split that saw three of the federation's biggest unions - the Teamsters, Service Employees International Union and the United Food and Commercial Workers - break away from the AFL-CIO about a month ago was "a real tragedy for working people."
The unions broke away from the AFL-CIO because of complaints that the labor federation, made up of more than 50 unions, was spending too much money on political campaigns and not enough on organizing unions, and lacked an effective strategy for reversing years of declines in union membership.
www.azcentral.com /arizonarepublic/business/articles/0831labor31.html   (178 words)

 AFL-CIO president: Bush AWOL on jobs crisis : SF Indymedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
AFL-CIO president: Bush AWOL on jobs crisis : SF Indymedia
BAL HARBOR, Fla. — “The jobs crisis has become a national disaster,” said AFL-CIO President John Sweeney.
Executive Vice President Linda Chavez-Thompson introduced Working America, a new organization for working people that will take in workers who don’t have the benefit of a union on the job.
sf.indymedia.org /mail.php?id=1684395   (529 words)

 LP: Letter To AFL-CIO President John Sweeney (Voter Intimidation)
Additionally, gun shots have been fired into Bush-Cheney '04 offices in West Virginia, Florida and Tennessee, windows broken in West Virginia and campaign staffers threatened.
In Wisconsin, a supporter of the President had a swastika burned into his front yard simply because he had a Bush-Cheney '04 lawn sign.
If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
www.libertypost.org /cgi-bin/readart.cgi?ArtNum=70219   (899 words)

 AFL-CIO President Criticizes Massachusetts Health Care Law   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
AFL-CIO President John Sweeney said a recently enacted Massachusetts law that requires residents to have health insurance "provides little hope for middle-class families" and "sends the wrong message to other states looking for answers to their own health care crises,"
Sweeney said the law would provide subsidies only to lower-income state residents to help cover the cost of the health insurance, adding, "Universal health care should mean...
According to Johnston and Turnbull, "With continued strong collaboration and leadership, Massachusetts can be the first state to show the nation that we can achieve health security for all" (Johnston/Turnbull,
www.medicalnewstoday.com /medicalnews.php?newsid=41849   (798 words)

 AFL-CIO president: Bush AWOL on jobs crisis : LA IMC
AFL-CIO president: Bush AWOL on jobs crisis : LA IMC
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la.indymedia.org /mail.php?id=104949   (539 words)

 PALM BEACH TREASURE COAST AFL-CIO - PRESIDENT   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
If there was one thing I would say to all our union members in this very important election year, it is VOTE!
We have two very important elections, the first one being our Primary Election on AUGUST 31, and second, the November 2 General Election for President of the United States.
VOTE as if your life depends on it, because it does.
www.palmbeachtcaflcio.org /eventspres.htm   (413 words)

 Oregon AFL-CIO president resigns - The Portland Business Journal:
Tim Nesbitt, Oregon AFL-CIO president, resigned, effective Nov. 18.
Nesbitt, who has been president for six years, encouraged the organization's executive board to replace him with Tim Chamberlain, Gov. Ted Kulongoski's labor liaison and former president of the Fire Fighters Union Local 43 in Portland.
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portland.bizjournals.com /portland/stories/2005/10/10/daily30.html?...   (536 words)

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